World Beirut Pride cancelled after organiser held overnight by authorities

22:21  16 may  2018
22:21  16 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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The first-ever gay pride week in Beirut was partially canceled after organizers received threats from an Islamist religious group, Middle East Eye reported. Some of anti-homophobia events in Lebanon were pulled on Saturday after a Muslim Salafist group appealed to authorities and then directly

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In this picture taken Saturday, May 12, 2018, bracelets decorated with the rainbow colors are displayed at a restaurant during the launch event of Beirut Pride week in Beirut, Lebanon. The organizer of Lebanon's struggling gay pride week has been briefly detained days into the celebrations and the rest of the festival's events cancelled. © AP Photo/Hassan Ammar In this picture taken Saturday, May 12, 2018, bracelets decorated with the rainbow colors are displayed at a restaurant during the launch event of Beirut Pride week in Beirut, Lebanon. The organizer of Lebanon's struggling gay pride week has been briefly detained days into the celebrations and the rest of the festival's events cancelled. The organiser of Beirut Pride said he was detained overnight by Lebanese authorities who released him only when he signed a pledge to cancel the week's remaining events.

Lebanon last year became the first Arab country to hold a gay pride week, though the opening event was cancelled because of safety concerns after threats of violence.

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The organiser of Lebanon's Beirut Pride says authorities detained him on Monday night. But the organiser of this year's Beirut Pride , Hadi Damien, said he was taken to a police station overnight after security services came to an event.

(At least one hotel scheduled to host a Beirut Pride event canceled at the last minute, citing security concerns.) A public gathering like Pride takes visibility to another level, but after years of secret grassroots meetings, organizers believe the time is right.

This year's pride week began on May 12 and was due to run until May 20.

Lebanon is widely seen as more socially liberal than most other Arab countries, but lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people say they are still discriminated against by state and society.

In a statement on the Beirut Pride website, organiser Hadi Damien said that security services turned up late on Tuesday at a public reading of a theatre play. Damien said he was taken to a police station overnight and questioned.

Damien said he was asked to sign a pledge promising to cancel upcoming events and in return he would be released.

The Interior Ministry said it was unable to provide immediate comment.

Damien said he was told that if he refused to sign the pledge, he would be referred to the investigation judge for interrogation on the basis of articles pertaining to the incitement to immorality and to the breach of public morality for coordinating the activities.

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Lebanon's gay pride week was canceled a couple of days into the event after its organizer was detained by the authorities , he and his Hadi Damien, the organizer of Beirut Pride week, said Since 1991, the Gay Pride parade has been held in Cologne every year on the first weekend in July.

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On legal advice, Damien signed the pledge, he said in the statement. Lebanon's laws prohibit "unnatural" sex, without giving further definition, which has been used to criminalise gay sex. Last year a Lebanese judge said that same-sex relations do not contradict laws of nature, a move welcomed by rights activists.

Damien said the public prosecution had received an Arabic version of the Beirut Pride programme that was "completely distorted, making Beirut Pride appear like events of debauchery and disrespect of general law, while using derogatory terms to refer to LGBT individuals.

Ghenwa Samhat, executive director of Lebanese LGBT rights organisation Helem, said that many rights organisations in Lebanon experience such pressures.

"These things are not new to us," Samhat said.

But in the 20 years since the LGBT rights movement began in Lebanon, progress has been made.

"People can express themselves in public places, there are placers friendly to LGBTQ+, where they face no problems," she said.

Positive media coverage surrounding Beirut Pride and activities for the annual International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17 can also be counted as an achievement, Samhat said. (Reporting by Lisa Barrington Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and David Goodman)

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